Ministry of Transportation Bans Geocaches in British Columbia

British Columbia Highway Sign
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation asks for new caches near roads to not be published.

I have been reading lately about more areas banning geocache placements.

British Columbia Ministry of Transportation has sent a request to Ground Speak to NOT ban caches along it”s highways but to NOT PUBLISH any new caches. But in the mean time it seems that Ground Speak reviewers have taken it to start disabling caches along the road ways.


The forums at Groundspeak have some chatter about this.
Geocaching in B.C. Dramatically curtailed

British Columbia Geocachers Association”s forum originally posted August 18th. Roadside Cache Ban

Ontario Geocaching Association has a post. BC Ministry of Transportation Bans Geocaching

As a result of a complaint lodged by the Ministry of Transporation, Groundspeak (’s ™ parent company) has asked that no roadside geocaches be published until further notice in BC. This means no caches by a highway, road, lane, pullout, intersection, traffic circle, median, highway rest stop, boulevard or any land or equipment that may be remotely considered owned or maintained by the Ministry of Transportation, unless you are able to provide written/emailed proof of permission from the BC MOT or other agency (local highway department, public works department, etc.) who may have jurisdiction over the location of your cache.

As per “The Wiz” at “The Blog from the Bog”

This will be an interesting follow to see if other provinces follow suit or wait for the possibility of something happening before they take actions. I know of a series near London, Ontario that has others wondering what the MTO may take upon themselves.

In my opinion on this topic, I can truly say that maybe geocaching isn”t for everyone. It seems to me that the concern isn’t for placement of caches or the caches themselves. I believe that after the cache is placed it is the following “crowd” of cachers that don’t seem to care about where they are or who they are disturbing. Putting themselves in harms way isn’t what I am worried about, it is whom the cachers put into harms way. The person that placed the cache is not always at fault. It is the respect of the cachers looking for the caches.

As we see this sport becoming more popular we are going to see more and more of this. It is too bad in a way that a few can ruin a great sport for the many.

So remember, if you are caching, respect where you are, respect those around you, keep safe but by all means remember the safety of everyone (other cachers AND non-cachers). If you park on the side of the road, park safely off the traveled path. Park off the road, where it is safe and use your four way flashers if needed. If you are putting others in harm way, forget the cache and move on.

Flash Flood season is upon us!

Flooded River
Flooding can happen where you least expect it. Ensure you have high ground to escape to when geocaching.

Melting snow, rain storms and warm winds are starting to appear in Southern Ontario. Rivers and tributaries are going to change drastically. It’s time to be aware that those geocaching hikes next to rivers may end up not being a dry one. River waters can rise in minutes. What looks like a warm sunny day where you are could be a rain filled day up river which could be flushing our eco-system of that four letter word “Snow”.

Per The Brantford Expositor –

The upcoming warm spell will melt a lot of snow and ice throughout the Grand River watershed but the risk of flooding this spring remains high, Grand River Conservation Authority officials say.

“The flood risk for spring is high due to the high amount of water contained in the snowpack,” Stephanie Shifflett, a water resources engineer with the GRCA, said Wednesday. “The flood risk due to ice jams is high, due to the volume and strength of the ice in the river system.”

Prior to the current warm spell, there was an above-average amount of snow in the northern portion of the watershed and south of Cambridge. Snow cover was average in the central portion through most of Waterloo Region and Wellington County, she added.

At the same time, Environment Canada is predicting a return to normal winter temperatures and above normal precipitation over the next three months. That means there will be lots of time to replace the snow and ice lost this week due to the warm weather, said Shifflett.

“Given the high amount of water in the current snowpack and the saturated or frozen ground conditions, the potential for a major flood is higher than normal if a significant rain event occurs along with a rapid spring snow melt,” she said.

Meantime, the Coast Guard icebreaker Griffon was expected to arrive Wednesday evening offshore at Port Maitland, in Haldimand County, to begin ice breaking operations Thursday morning. Two years ago, an ice-choked Grand River flooded Dunnville and other Haldimand communities.

When geocaching this spring remember:

  • Be aware of your surroundings near water.
  • Ensure that you have high ground to escape to if needed.
  • River banks are slippery and weak, don”t always trust that it will be stable enough to hold your weight.
  • Cache in groups if you are following a river.
  • A cell phone could be your lifeline but it may not work if it gets wet.
  • Mud can bog you down, make sure you wear waterproof, tight fitting foot wear.
  • Stay safe
  • Most of all HAVE FUN!



Cache In Trash Out
Cache In Trash Out

I took the bait and decided to create my first Cache In Trash Out event.

I spoke to the powers to be at Norfolk County Trails manager and together we worked out a place, a date and time. I have had lots of help from Mark Boerkamp and being an executive member at SWOG, I know I will have lots of help getting the rest setup and with the actual day.

This is my big thank you to all that will help. All you need to do is attend and help clean up some trails. I hope this will be a great event and lets cross our fingers that the weather co-operates!

Don”t forget to log your “will attend” at SWOG International Cache In Trash Out 2011

Help us show Norfolk County that geocachers are great and come on out and grab a few caches at the same time!

Hope to see you all there!

Most Memorable Winter Cache

Winter caching on Lake Erie
Winter caching can be fun. No canoe needed this time!

There is a lot more snow in South Western Ontario this year then there was last winter. Last winter it seemed like we would get a bit of snow and then it would melt. Then start the process all over again. This year we just keep getting snow on top of snow on top of snow.

We want to know what your most memorable WINTER cache has been this cold season. Post them in the comments!

Can you cache in the Swamp?